Whose Poop Is That ?
Coming January 10, 2017. Pre-order now!
By: Darrin Lunde / Illustrated by: Kelsey Oseid
No, don't say "Ewww." Ask, "Whose poop is that?" This simple, and yes, charming book asks this question about seven examples of animal poop. By investigating visual clues, young readers can learn to identify the animal through its droppings. For instance, find a sample of poop with bits of bone and tufts of hair. Turn the page to learn it came from a fox!
Kelsey Oseid's illustrations are both accurate and beautiful.
Backmatter includes further information about the poop and what scientists can learn from an animal's droppings.
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Author & Illustrator Bios:Darrin Lunde, author
Darrin Lunde is the collection manager in the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He's written several books for children, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book Hello, Bumblebee Bat, as well as Hello, Baby Beluga, and Meet the Meerkat. Darrin lives near Washington, DC.
Kelsey Oseid, illustrator
Kelsey Oseid works in both traditional and digital mediums and often mixes the two to create her illustrations. This is her first book for young readers. Kelsey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Owl pellets, coprolites, bird droppings, and honking big turds—whose waste is that? Lunde uses a question-and-answer format to show how animal droppings vary and how they relate to animals' diets. This picture book may seem slight, covering only seven animals (fox, African elephant, panda, owl, Galápagos tortoise, gull, and the extinct ground sloth), but it reflects a careful choice of examples demonstrating the wide variety of animal diets, eating styles, and defecation habits. Four pages are devoted to each animal. The first double-page spread shows a series of footprints and a mysterious object, asks the title question (or a variant), and describes the object. The page turn reveals the animal, pictured in its habitat. A short paragraph tells why the poop contains what readers see. Feces fans can find further information in two pages of backmatter, "The Scoop on Poop" and "Animal Poop Facts." Oseid's illustrations, done in pen and ink and colored digitally, have shadows suggesting the three-dimensionality of the droppings and pleasing, soothing color choices. For a younger audience than most recent titles about animal excrement, this might make a nice pair with Taro Gomi's classic Everyone Poops (2001). A primer on poop and a guessing game, especially for those just beyond toilet training.
Publishers WeeklyGuess the poop! Repeating the question of the title, Lunde and Oseid ask readers to identify six kinds of animal scat (plus an owl pellet), providing images of the droppings, animal tracks, and brief descriptions as clues. "Whose poop is that? It has a bunch of splinters in it," Lunde asks, opposite what looks like a pile of pickles. The answer: a panda. "A panda eats mostly bamboo," he continues. "A panda has to spend most of its day eating in order to get enough energy." In unflashy, mixed-media artwork, Oseid highlights animals that include a red fox, African elephant, Galápagos tortoise, and gull, as well as their environments. Gross-out details will provoke glee ("A rabbit sometimes eats its poop in order to digest its food twice") but kids will learn plenty about the variety and importance of animal waste, too.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-880-1 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-881-8 PDF
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Page count: 32
10 x 7
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade K. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10